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Language issue ATW
English page doesn't show up

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Msg#: 865 posted 9:35 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

Inspired by Bosh123's funny findings [webmasterworld.com...]

I did some research in ATW and found something else very strange.

As I'm Dutch my default setting in ATW is 'Dutch/English pages'. One of my sites is basically in English with 1 Dutch page and a relevant page shows up at #3 so that seems fine.

When I switch to 'Any language' the index page of the same site shows up at #1.

A closer look reveals that the index page is not included in the Dutch/English search. This is odd because the index page and the Dutch page are the only ones with a language tag. All other pages are included in both searchers, I only miss www.domain.com/ and www.domain.com/index.htm.

Is this a bug in ATW? What should I do? I find it a bit tricky to simply remove the language tag and see what happens.



WebmasterWorld Senior Member heini us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 865 posted 7:37 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

The first thing coming to mind is obviously the question if your language tags on those two pages are correct.

Assuming they are there are two options:
Either this indeed a problem with ATW not correctly identifying those language tags, or it's that old problem with missing index pages in a slightly new variant.

I would in any case contact them through the ATW help and contact pages.


WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 865 posted 8:19 am on May 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks Heini.

The tags seem to be correct and the Dutch page is showing. I'll contact ATW.

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